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Photoreactive oligoethylene glycol polymers - versatile compounds for surface modification by thin hydrogel films

  • Solid surfaces are modified using photo-crosslinkable copolymers based on oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (OEGMA) bearing 2-(4-benzoylphenoxy) ethyl methacrylate (BPEM) as a photosensitive crosslinking unit. Thin films of about 100 nm are formed by spin-coating these a priori highly biocompatible copolymers onto silicon substrates. Subsequent UV-irradiation assures immobilization and crosslinking of the hydrogel films. Their stability is controlled by the number of crosslinker units per chain and the molar mass of the copolymers. The swelling of the hydrogel layers, as investigated by ellipsometry, can be tuned by the crosslinker content in the copolymer. If films are built from the ternary copolymers of OEGMA, BPEM and 2-(2-methoxyethoxy) ethyl methacrylate (MEO(2)MA), the hydrogel films exhibit a swelling/deswelling transition of the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) type. The observed thermally induced hydrogel collapse is fully reversible and the onset temperature of the transition can be tuned at will by theSolid surfaces are modified using photo-crosslinkable copolymers based on oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (OEGMA) bearing 2-(4-benzoylphenoxy) ethyl methacrylate (BPEM) as a photosensitive crosslinking unit. Thin films of about 100 nm are formed by spin-coating these a priori highly biocompatible copolymers onto silicon substrates. Subsequent UV-irradiation assures immobilization and crosslinking of the hydrogel films. Their stability is controlled by the number of crosslinker units per chain and the molar mass of the copolymers. The swelling of the hydrogel layers, as investigated by ellipsometry, can be tuned by the crosslinker content in the copolymer. If films are built from the ternary copolymers of OEGMA, BPEM and 2-(2-methoxyethoxy) ethyl methacrylate (MEO(2)MA), the hydrogel films exhibit a swelling/deswelling transition of the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) type. The observed thermally induced hydrogel collapse is fully reversible and the onset temperature of the transition can be tuned at will by the copolymer composition. Different from analogously prepared thermo-responsive hydrogel films of photocrosslinked poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), the swelling-deswelling transition occurs more gradually, but shows no hysteresis.show moreshow less

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Author:Jens Buller, André LaschewskyORCiDGND, Erik Wischerhoff
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1039/c2sm26879e
ISSN:1744-683X (print)
Parent Title (English):Soft matter
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
Place of publication:Cambridge
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2013
Year of Completion:2013
Release Date:2017/03/26
Volume:9
Issue:3
Pagenumber:9
First Page:929
Last Page:937
Funder:initiative "Spitzenforschung & Innovation in den neuen Landern" of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) [03IS2201B, 03IS2201C]
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Chemie
Peer Review:Referiert